Digital Daily Dozen 10/10/2013

Tech Surge: Connected TV Sets Double Market Share

Connected TV sets will more than double their share of the overall market in four years — amounting to just over a quarter of all worldwide TV sets — partly due to new Internet-to-TV technologies for non-connected TV sets.


Comcast and Twitter Unveil Potential Game-Changer Agreement

Twitter’s aggressive courtship of the TV industry took a giant leap forward Wednesday with the announcement of partnership with Comcast and NBCUniversal that could close the gap between the Twitter chatter about a show, and the act of watching the show itself.


Broadcasters Petition Supreme Court in Aereo Case

The same week as a new suit was filed against Aereo in Utah, broadcasters have told Variety that they also plan to petition the US Supreme Court to review prior court rulings allowing Aereo to continue its service.


Magine is Changing TV Viewing

A survey of 1,500 Magine users shows that the TV Everywhere platform is changing consumer behavior when it comes to TV viewing.


TWC Research Report: Enormous Need For WiFi Spectrum

A report from Time Warner Cable’s Research Program on Digital Communications says that to meet the need for mobile device connectivity — specifically Wi-Fi — requires an “enormous” increase in licensed and unlicensed spectrum.


Study: 74% of Mobile Users Have Smartphones

A new study confirms the rapid spread of mobile technologies, with a new survey from Frank N. Magid Associates finding that 74% of American mobile consumers now use a smartphone, and 52% of mobile consumers use a tablet.


FCC Will Face Massive Backlog On Reopening

With the FCC shutdown now halfway through its second week, we have been thinking about the start-up procedure when the shutdown finally ends. We don’t like how that looks. Everything that would have come due during the shutdown instead will all be due on the same day: not the day the FCC reopens, but the day after.


What Does ‘Watching TV’ Even Mean Today?

Research firm eMarketer says that for the first time we are devoting more attention each day to smartphones, computers and tablets. All of which points to a big question: What counts as TV-watching today?


Yet another record for internet advertising

While traditional media continues to struggle to hold onto advertising dollars, digital is hotter than ever. First-half digital spending surpassed $20 billion for the first time this year, and second quarter rose 18 percent over last year, according to new numbers out this morning from the Interactive Advertising Bureau.


DreamWorks CEO Sees Netflix as Patron Saint
DreamWorks Animation sees its agreement to provide content to Netflix as redefining the company. The streaming service is “our patron saint,” said CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. “There’s not a minute of the day that I don’t think about how we can exceed their expectations.”


Disney’s Touchscreen Lets Users Feel Textures
Disney may be at work on its most game-changing invention yet — flat touchscreens that let you feel the shape and texture of pictured objects. The media giant’s engineers have developed an early version of a technology referred to as “tactile rendering of 3D features.”


Police: Tablet, Phone Users ‘Oblivious to Danger’
The suspect in a fatal shooting on a San Francisco train went unnoticed for several minutes because his fellow passengers were focused on their tablets and smart phones, according to police. The suspect had “pulled out his gun three or four times” ahead of the shooting.


Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), the original author of the USA Patriot Act, plans to introduce legislation in the “next few days” to restrict the National Security Agency’s surveillance power. His bill, which is co-authored by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), will be titled the USA Freedom Act.


The Digital Daily Dozen is distributed weekdays (usually) by Dom Caristi as a service of the BSU Digital Policy Institute. The articles are culled from various e-newsletters. The content is not original – only their compilation in this mailing is.